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Jon Soltz
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Jon Soltz is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the 400,000+ supporter veterans group, VoteVets.org.

He served twice in Iraq -- in 2011 as a Major, helping train the Iraqi Army prior to the removal of US Troops, and in 2003, as a Captain during Operation Iraqi Freedom, deploying logistics convoys with the 1st Armored Division. In 2000 he served as a tank Platoon Leader in the Kosovo Conflict.

As Chairman of VoteVets.org, Soltz has overseen the creation of a 400,000+ grassroots network of Veterans, military families, and civilian supporters, from scratch. In his time as Chairman, VoteVets.org has raised over $20 million for VoteVets Action Fund and over $2 million for candidates, via VoteVets Political Action Committee. Under his leadership, the group has become one of the most aggressive organizations of Veterans in America, holding politicians accountable for their votes and actions that adversely affect veterans, while supporting those politicians who have the backs of those who served.

Soltz is frequently quoted in major publications and frequently appears on cable shows, including Larry King Live on CNN, Nightline on ABC, PBS’ News Hour, the Dylan Ratigan Show, NewsNation with Tamron Hall, The Ed Show, and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, among other shows on many networks. He has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, Newsweek, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill, and many other national and local papers.

Soltz is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College with a dual degree in Political Science and History and a 2010 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Entries by Jon Soltz

What We Don't Know About Syrian Rebels Dwarfs What We Do

(32) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 5:09 PM

"First of all, I've vetted a number of them [Syrian Rebels], because I know them." -- Senator John McCain, on CNN, explaining who is going to vet the Syrian moderates, before we send them weapons

Well, we can all relax now. Senator John McCain, who...

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The Media and John McCain: How Someone Always Wrong Is Always on TV

(75) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 2:10 PM

Last month, Jon Stewart challenged John McCain to a "Wrong Off," betting that all the times Senator McCain has been wrong about, well, anything, far outnumbers the times Stewart has been proven wrong.

I thought about that, when John McCain was on a Sunday talk...

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The President Is Right on Iraq

(44) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 11:12 AM

The president was correct in announcing humanitarian action yesterday in Iraq. He will be helping to prevent genocide. But, more than that, his announcement of limited military action, both to overtly protect US troops and installations, and tacitly support the Kurds in their fight against the Islamic State, is the...

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Why a Veterans Group Doesn't Endorse All Veterans

(18) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 11:22 AM

A lot of people ask me why the veterans group I head, VoteVets.org, only endorses some veterans running for office, and not all of them. In fact, just yesterday, National Journal posted an article that highlights the fact that there are Iraq and Afghanistan veterans running for Senate,...

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Congress Can Avoid Iran War By Supporting Negotiations

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:52 AM

If you don't want Iran to have the bomb and you don't want to bomb Iran, a diplomatic agreement is the solution. Yet some on Capitol Hill are already trying to wreck negotiations.

Right now in Vienna, U.S. negotiators and their partners from other world powers are...

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Where Do Vets Stand on Shinseki?

(238) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 12:20 PM

There have been a lot of talking heads (including mine) on TV, talking about the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

With President Obama weighing in, today, taking the wait-and-see approach that VoteVets.org has advocated, regarding the status of Secretary Eric Shinseki, it makes...

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American Legion Calls for Shinseki to Quit, But Should He?

(34) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 3:49 PM

Amid the recent calls from the American Legion and Koch brothers-backed Concerned Veterans for America for Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to resign, I will admit that Secretary Shinseki kind of stinks at one particular thing -- public relations.

Throughout his tenure, whenever his...

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The Military-Civilian Divide on Gun Laws, and Ft. Hood

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:23 PM

With news that another shooting tragedy has hit Ft. Hood, my heart is breaking for the families of those who were wounded and killed by a gunman who is said to have purchased a gun, off-base, brought it on to the base, and unleashed carnage. While many details are still...

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Senate Republicans About to Screw Veterans -- All for a Campaign Ad

(14) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 11:10 AM

It takes a lot to say that Senate conservatives have just made their most craven move in many years, but that's exactly what is happening.

In an effort to force a vote on increasing sanctions on Iran, the Senate Minority is trying to attach the measure to...

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Congressman Mike Coffman Calls for Third Iraq War

(26) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 2:10 PM

This is astonishing. On a radio show, Republican Congressman Mike Coffman effectively called for yet another Iraq War.

On KNUS Radio, Coffman said, when asked if he wanted to see combat troops back in Iraq: "Certainly an advisory role, but certainly not anything beyond that. And that's if...

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Where Do Vets Stand on Pensions -- One Group Needs to Figure It Out

(51) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 12:19 PM

In a new ad, Concerned Veterans for America thanks Republican Congressmen Tom Cotton and Mike Coffman for voting against the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal, because it slows the growth of government pensions by lower increases to the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). Those COLA adjustments...

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Why Do Vets Care About Climate Change?

(64) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 3:00 PM

When you think of the kinds of people banding together to fight climate change, the men and women who served America in uniform usually aren't the first ones to come to mind. But nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, just this week, VoteVets.org delivered...

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When Veterans Get Food Stamps Cut, It's Time to Prioritize Our Budget

(1138) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 11:07 AM

On Friday, unless Congress acts (which would be an exception, not a norm), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or food stamps, will be cut for as many as 900,000 veterans and their families, according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. As the...

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How a Shutdown Affects Troops and Veterans

(95) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 3:06 PM

By now, the myriad of articles that examine how a Republican government shutdown would affect people has a lot of folks confused, even scared. The truth of the matter is, we know who will be impacted by a shutdown by Republicans, and we know it will be bad. The degree...

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Ted Cruz Threatens Troops, Veterans, and Their Families

(849) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 1:48 PM

For all the bluster from Senator Ted Cruz about the false reasons to fear Obamacare, the irony is that veterans should fear him and his Tea Party cohorts in the House of Representatives. After all, they're on a course to block troops and veterans from the health care they're owed.

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Why Troops Are Against Syria Strikes

(72) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 11:51 AM

One of the common misnomers in the media, regarding Syria, is that it is dual pressure from the far right and far left, that has pushed Congress to seemingly reject any Use of Force resolution before it even came to a vote. When polling shows that 60 percent...

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Senate Bill Authorizes Tens of Thousands of Combat Troops In Syria

(173) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 10:21 AM

Sixty-six American troops killed. Two hundred ninety-five Wounded in Action.

Are those numbers from an American combat operation? Not according to our government, which said they, and the other 50,000 troops in Iraq (which included me), were part of the "official end to Operation Iraqi Freedom...

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The Military Case Against Syria Strikes

(156) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 10:37 AM

The question of what to do, if anything, regarding Syria is a difficult one for me, especially as the Chairman of the largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, which represents over 360,000 supporters. This past week, we polled our supporters on whether or not they supported...

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John McCain's Fantasy-Land

(32) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 11:48 AM

It has become clear that President Obama is about to make good on his plan to send small arms and weapons to the opposition in Syria that is fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad. It's a move that I and many other veterans have long opposed, for reasons...

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President Obama Has Three Questions to Answer on Arms to Syria

(98) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 10:12 AM

In light of recent findings regarding Syria's use of chemical weapons, the President has decided to send arms to the rebels fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad, but the full scope of this new intervention is unclear. There is a growing fervor for military intervention. As one of just three...

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